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1 month ago  ::  Nov 07, 2019 - 9:29PM #1
laurenfrances
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Yankees To Hire Matt Blake As Pitching Coach



The Yankees will hire Matt Blake as their new pitching coach, ESPN.com’s Jeff Passan reports (Twitter link).  Blake is being hired out of the Indians front office, as he was promoted to the role of Cleveland’s director of pitching development just two days ago, after working as a pitching coordinator and assistant director of pitching development for the previous three seasons.  Blake also has past ties to the Yankees, as he worked for the Bronx Bombers as an area scout before heading to Cleveland.



At only 33 years old, Blake will provide the younger and more analytic-based approach that the Yankees were seeking to find as they looked to replace longtime pitching coach Larry Rothschild.  Of the four known candidates for the job, three (with former Yankees star David Cone as the outlier) were younger names in their 30’s without much any direct coaching experience on an MLB staff.  University of Michigan pitching coach Chris Fetter and Arkansas pitching coach Matt Hobbs were the two other names linked to the Yankees’ search.


It’s difficult to say the Yankees pitchers exactly struggled last year, as both New York’s starters and relievers ranked in the top half of the league in most major statistical categories despite some key names (Luis SeverinoDellin Betances) lost to injury for virtually the entire season.  However, a lack of reliable innings from the rotation quickly became an issue in the ALCS, as the Yankees leaned hard on their bullpen and ultimately came up short to the Astros in six games.


It will be up to Blake to modernize the Yankees’ handling of their arms, and it perhaps isn’t surprising that New York hired someone from a Cleveland organization that has excelled at developing homegrown pitching in recent years.  Indians manager Terry Francona recently praised Blake’s work in preparing young hurlers such as Jefry RodriguezZach Plesac, and Aaron Civale, with the latter two making their Major League debuts in 2019.


1 month ago  ::  Nov 07, 2019 - 9:48PM #2
Paterson
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    The Indians are among the best organizations when it comes to developing pitchers so it is hard to knock the hiring. But it does show how much baseball has changed over the past decade. 

1 month ago  ::  Nov 07, 2019 - 11:42PM #3
bumper
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rave reviews all around from those who worked with him including trevor bauer. but we've definitely entered into a new era when you hire a coach who never played or coached at the big league level. he appears to have been involved in the strength aspect of developing athletes. apparently has had success developing pichers so hopefully this change of direction bears fruit here.

1 month ago  ::  Nov 07, 2019 - 11:53PM #4
chl45
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Don't know a thing about the guy and never heard of him. However if he is an up and comer and can relate to our younger guys I am all for it.

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1 month ago  ::  Nov 08, 2019 - 8:14AM #5
Lola
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Let me be the 1st to say... FIRE Matt Blake!
1 month ago  ::  Nov 08, 2019 - 9:16AM #6
bomberhojoe
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Nov 7, 2019 -- 11:42PM, bumper wrote:


rave reviews all around from those who worked with him including trevor bauer. but we've definitely entered into a new era when you hire a coach who never played or coached at the big league level. he appears to have been involved in the strength aspect of developing athletes. apparently has had success developing pichers so hopefully this change of direction bears fruit here.




They just need to know how to read graphs and charts.


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1 month ago  ::  Nov 08, 2019 - 12:50PM #7
Max
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Nov 7, 2019 -- 9:48PM, Paterson wrote:


    The Indians are among the best organizations when it comes to developing pitchers so it is hard to knock the hiring. But it does show how much baseball has changed over the past decade. 




Totally agree. I wonder if his hiring will lead the Yankees to sign Danny Salazar? Salazar would be a good back of the rotation starter if his shoulder healed properly. Blake must know a lot about him.  

1 month ago  ::  Nov 08, 2019 - 1:36PM #8
_YaNkEeFaN4LiFe_
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So thats what we do now? Hire people who were regular high school coaches 5 years ago over a proven multiple world series champion in David Cone who had the great mel stottlemyre coaching him? Ok seems more like a save money move.

1 month ago  ::  Nov 08, 2019 - 2:28PM #9
bomberhojoe
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Nov 8, 2019 -- 1:36PM, _YaNkEeFaN4LiFe_ wrote:


So thats what we do now? Hire people who were regular high school coaches 5 years ago over a proven multiple world series champion in David Cone who had the great mel stottlemyre coaching him? Ok seems more like a save money move.




I don't think money was the reason, but rather a guy who fits as close to the mold that Cashman wants. That being said, he seems to be very highly thought of around MLB.

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1 month ago  ::  Nov 08, 2019 - 2:35PM #10
GottaGoToMo
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Going to wait and see how this works out.

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